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by Derek Kessler Thu, 31 Jan 2013 6:15 pm EST

Ares 2 gets a demo webcast all its own

Yesterday we showed you a presentation by HP's Kevin Schaaf at dotJS showing just why you as a developer should be considering using Enyo 2 as the framework for your multi-platform app. But do you really want to do it all in code? Well, you might, but we don't. We've always been fans of the Ares in-browser app builder, though getting it updated to support Enyo 2 has been a process. If you're not familiar with Ares, it was originally crafted for the Mojo app framework and allowed developers to build webOS apps with drag-and-drop ease.

Ares 2.0 ended up on the open source webOS roadmap with planned release of April 2012. The code for Ares 2 was released to open source as planned at the end of April, but it was nowhere near complete, with the development process thrown all to hell by the departure of the core of the Enyo team for Google a month prior. So Ares 2 was released to open source in spirit, but actually making use of it, that was months away still.

In the meantime, development has continued on Ares 2, albeit at a slow and steady pace. To demonstrate where Ares 2 currently stands, HP's Mark Bessey took to YouTube with a 13-minute Hello World-style demonstration of the app builder. And true to the original Mojo version, Ares 2 works with the same drag-and-drop principles. There's a difference, though: Ares 2 itself is an Enyo app. Yeah, you can now use an Enyo app to build an Enyo app.

Check out the video demo after the break.



Hmm... This might make laying out Pivot pages much easier, providing I can import App Catalog kinds and Ares won't try to make each page into an app.

Talk about 'would've, could've, should've'. If HP/Palm had this out before the launch of the TP, think of how different things might have ended up. Can't begin to do any webOS coding, has even I've about given up on it. (Though I do check back heredaily, still not quite ready to give up all hope.)

"Yeah, you can now use an Enyo app to build an Enyo app."

Yo Dawg! I heard you like Enyo apps!

Ha, beat me to it. I thought the same thing. Win!

So... when will this be available? Looks fun, especially like the option to create apps for multiple platforms.

I get this in preview project :(

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at TCP.onread (net.js:419:26)

yea I get problem in preview project as well, there really needs to be support for Ares 2.0

This is the most exciting thing to happen to webOS since Pre3 and TP launch! While OpenWebOS is all well and good, it depends on apps to succeed. Ares made app development available to the unschooled masses (such as me) before the TouchPad. Now that Ares2 is finally coming along, hopefully more people will get interested in coding Enyo. I know I am thinking about recoding my medical apps for Enyo now.

Way to go HP Palmers!

On a side note, it was kind of funny to see the Phonegap account at the beginning of the video as being Mark.Bessey@palm.c.., lol! Sure wish they would scrap that stuff and just resurrect Palm!